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- detour de force - Great fun and insightful readA great read, comprehensive and many times hysterically funny in a style reminiscient of Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi. Great wit and wisdom in this book. Reads like a novel except for the fact that if it was a novel people would call it far fetched and unrealistic. But it really happened. Captures the flavor of every candidate. Loved it!
- joanne Wharry - John PaulJohn Paul was diagnosed with UC at 2 years 3 months old. that was in june of 2000. he took pentasa over the summer while i researched over the summer to find a natural remedy. i have UC and am familiar with the intense meds they prescribe for IBD. I did not want him to be on meds. On labor day of 2000 i find out about this book from a search on the internet. we started the diet immediately and he had a reduction in symptoms right away. he had some setbacks but has been in remission now for over a year. I am currently following the diet also. It is a change of lifestyle but a great one! I am finally in control of what I'm eating instead of the food controlling me... I am truly greatful to Elaine for making curing people with IBD her life's goal! My son is greatful too! Thank you Elaine!!!
- Z Hayes - A wonderful, magical readIt's little wonder that Kate DiCamillo's "Flora and Ulysses" has been long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award in Young People's Literature. It's a fantastic and magical tale of a squirrel, aptly named Ulysses, who morphs into a poet-superhero after an accident. Ulysses is joined on his adventure by mortal girl Flora Belle Buckman. The story is engaging not only because of the charming main characters but also because the story is infused with poetry, magical realism, and many other captivating elements that makes this DiCamillo's best work to date, in my humble opinion, and my 8.5-year-old agrees. We both spent the last couple of years reading anything put out by DiCamillo for kids such as the Mercy Watson series, The Tale of Despereaux, and more, but "Flora and Ulysses" is our mutual favorite by far.
The story itself is a paean to classic superhero comics and the novel is also part graphic novel, with illustrations portraying important plot developments. The illustrations by K.G. Campbell not only enhance the text but provide readers with a great sense of pleasure derived from both an engaging storyline coupled with visually appealing graphics.
The story focuses on poet-superhero squirrel Ulysses and human girl Flora, a ten-year-old who loves reading comics. Flora, with her short haircut and big glasses is a character young boys and girls will easily relate to. Her parents are divorced and as a result, Flora has to deal with an embittered mother while trying to make sense of it all. Flora can appear to be a bit jaded, but typical of children, there's this spark of hope that things will be OK.
Lyrically-written, this is the sort of literature that I would love to see more of in public libraries, bookstores, and home collections. Highly recommended for those who prefer something out of the ordinary in the realm of children's literature.